Sunday, July 30, 2017

At the Heart of the White Rose - A Book Review

At the Heart of the White Rose is a compilation of letters and diary entries shared between a brother and sister during the infamous reign of Adolf Hitler. Hans and Sophie Scholl, born in Germany, are young people on a mission. Together, they participate in a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany called the White Rose. This group is compiled of students and a led by a professor at the University of Munich. The book, edited by Inge Jens, shares their remarkable story.

As I began reading the book, I became intrigued. I've always enjoyed learning about historical events especially those that pertained to the Holocaust and the time of Hitler's regime. As Hans and Sophie's perspectives are shared, I was able to look inside their lives and understand what it must have been like to experience the things they did at that time.

I enjoyed getting to know Hans through his deep and very personal writings. It was evident he was a seeker of truth and longed to understand the great mysteries of life. Although he was a college student, he was also drafted into military service. As he began his medical career, his letters and journal entries reveal his deep desire to help others, his love for his country, and his hatred of what the Nazis are doing in his world.

Sophie is a teenage dreamer. Seeing the world through her eyes was vastly different from her brother's viewpoint. She seems to be caught up in the reality of the here and now instead of focusing on the future. Her letters and journal entries revolve around friends and events typical of most teenagers.

The book includes, among the letters and journal entries, historical news and events. It was helpful to have this information either before or after an entry to help put the writing in perspective. I found this information interesting and informative.

Readers will enjoy this book because Hans and Sophie are today's vain and flighty youth. These are two very intelligent people with hearts set on helping thwart the enemy.  Through their efforts, they manage to form a vital resistance movement among their peers. Although they were both martyred for their efforts, they impacted many lives and will be remembered for their stand against horrendous evil.

Thank you to Plough Publishing for giving me the opportunity to review this book. It was a pleasure to read and I give it my personal recommendation.

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